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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Jul 26, 2009 6:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dark Star - our favorites cumulated

These were recommended by us in the previous posts. Can't vouch that every link is the best version but our favorites this week:

1969-02-27 Fillmore West - Live Dead version, all the themes bouncing around at this time come together in this version

1969-04-022
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-04-22.sbd.miller.88466.sbeok.flac16

1969-04-023
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-04-23.sbd.miller.88501.sbeok.flac16

1969-10-25 it's just that with so many good Stars from that period, you can't mention all of them all the time! It's funny though, everyone who brings up 10-25-69 here says it's overlooked....but check out the show reviews.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-10-25.sbd.jagla.81.sbefail.shnf

1969-11-02 I concede 9-19-70 as being supreme, but will submit 11-2-69 as being in the same emotional class
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-11-02.sbd.miller.32350.sbeok.flac16

1969-12-04 If you want overlooked awesome versions, try 12-4-69, or 4-24-70, or 12-15-72, or....
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-12-04.sbd.cotsman.9496.sbeok.shnf

1970-01-02 http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-01-02.early-late.sbd.cotsman.18120.sbeok.shnf

1970-02-13 Fillmore East - epic, with a fantastic feeling groovy jam, the jam is fully realized...commercial release Dick's Picks 4

1970-04-24 If you want overlooked awesome versions, try 12-4-69, or 4-24-70, or 12-15-72, or....
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-04-24.aud.remaster.sirmick.27205.sbeok.shnf

1970-06-24
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-06-24.aud.unknown.gadsden-reynolds.100223.flac16

1970-09-19 Fillmore East - on par with 02-13, perhaps a half notch below, the band also explores achieving that minimal space beofore bringing the jam to another great feelin' groovy jam
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-09-19.sbd.reynolds.97906.flac16

1970-11-08
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-11-08.aud.lee.pcrp.26975.shnf

1971-10-24 Someone mentioned 10-31-71 - but also check out 10-24-71! (And leave some room for the delicious Nov/Dec '71 Stars too.)
http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-10-24.sbd.clugston.3292.sbeok.shnf

1971-10-31 DP2 - Jerry's greatest moment. Every note pierces the brain, just blows you away.

1972-03-23 brilliant Dead at their finest. Phil leads the way.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-03-23.sbd.cantor-gans.field.20676.shnf

1972-04-08 The spacier May '72 Stars are excellent, but April '72 is where to turn for knockout blows - and 4-8-72 is the top of the heap
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-04-08.sbd.miller.83714.sbeok.flac16

1972-04-24 Rockin the Rhein

1972-05-11 Rotterdam Civic Hall - one of the best '72 shows, awesome quality
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-11.sbd.ashley-bertha.7364.sbefail.shnf

1972-07-18 a wonderful, fiery Star - I'd put it in a top ten of '72 at least.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-07-18.sbd.miller.32878.flac16

1972-08-27 Veneta - one of the King Daddy versions, the band runs the gamet from a forward drifting jam propelling you further into wah tinged psychadelia with an apocolyptic break down...
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-08-27.sbd.latvala-eaton-lutch-dankseed.4682.shnf

1972-09-10
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-09-10.sbd.winters.17690.sbeok.shnf

1972-11-13 Veneta may be king, but 11-13-72 is the Dark Emperor of the Apocalypse
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-11-13.aud.vernon.17416.sbeok.shnf

1972-11-26
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-11-26.sbd.cotsman.9248.sbeok.shnf

1972-12-15 If you want overlooked awesome versions, try 12-4-69, or 4-24-70, or 12-15-72, or....
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-12-15.sbd.hollister.17186.sbeok.shnf

1973-02-15 Dane County - nicely jammed goes into Eyes
http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-02-15.sbd.hall.1580.sbeok.shnf

1973-03-28
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-03-28.sbd.miller.86459.sbeok.flac16

1973-03-28 is really good (and long), but part of what makes it great is being in that incredible one-of-a-kind medley.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-03-28.sbd.mtx.tobin.86833.sbeok.flac16

1973-06-10 belongs on this short list
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-06-10.sbd.miller.fix-89640.89730.flac16

1973-11-11 Winterland - great jams, best version of1973 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-11-11.sbd.pitch-corrected.miller.88485.sbeok.flac16

1973-12-06 11-11-73 may well be the best Star of the year (and 10-19-73 is a runner-up), but 12-6-73 is the darkest Star
http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-12-06.sbd.kaplan-fink-hamilton.4452.sbeok.shnf

1984-07-13 the last great Dark Star, 7-13-84.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1984-07-13.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.96153.sbeok.flac16

1989-10-26 packs quite a punch for the era
http://www.archive.org/details/gd89-10-26.set2.dsbd.miller.18664.shnf

1990-03-29
http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-03-29.sbd.miller.26341.sbeok.shnf

1990-09-20 Madison Square Garden - highlights a magnificent post space segment of a truly classic late era show...X-factor comes alive
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1990-09-20.sbd.miller.tetzeli.28691-fix.34629.sbeok.shnf

1991-04-01
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1991-04-01.sbd.miller.31966.sbeok.flac16



Back in Aug. 2007 we did this, too, and I see in my notes that these were the clear favorites then: 1969-02-28 (not on this week's list), 1970-01-02, 1970-09-19, 1971-04-28 (not on this week's list), 1972-05-11, 1972-08-27 and 1973-12-06.

You may also wish to consult JimPowell's list of the 225 live performances of Dark Star
http://www.mail-archive.com/deadlists@nemesis.cs.berkeley.edu/msg03474.html
His personal top five are all on our list: Dusseldorf 4/24/72 [Rockin' the Rhein CD], Philadelphia 9/21/72 [DP36], Winterland 11/11/73, Cleveland 12/6/73 and Miami 10/26/89.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 26, 2009 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dark Star - our favorite threads over the past three yrs

Good job D1...we really have talked about this many times before, and looking back at some of these threads is a trip down memory lane...ie, memories of us talking about memories, which feels kinda sad and sorta cool at the same time, eh? The Forum will survive I suppose; it always does.

Hope you are well D!

Here are some links to orig discussions and rankings/listings for those who want even more:


On "which" is best:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=243328

On why 2/13 is best:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=178343

On "obscure" DSs:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=131942

On "best" with links to text, etc:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=78848

And finally, from many yrs ago, many old timers of the Forum discussing "why DS?":

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=85169

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 26, 2009 12:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dark Star - our favorite threads over the past three yrs

And here are some more recent discussions from this year - no doubt still fresh in your minds!

Favorite Dark Stars By Year - tons of recommendations:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=227699

The Creepiest Dark Stars:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=241595

'72 Dark Star Debate:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=244725

2-13-70:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=249577

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Poster: Stealz Date: Jul 26, 2009 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dark Star - our favorite threads over the past three yrs

2 excellent posts, Dhamma and Will. Thank you.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 26, 2009 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dark Star - our favorite threads over the past three yrs

Hey Stealz--hope as things move forward you are finding life's little pleasures more and more meaningful...

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Poster: Mike Hunt Date: Jul 26, 2009 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dark Star - our favorites cumulated

This show was the day after Jimi Hendrix's death.

1970-09-19 Fillmore East - on par with 02-13, perhaps a half notch below, the band also explores achieving that minimal space beofore bringing the jam to another great feelin' groovy jam
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-09-19.sbd.reynolds.97906.flac16

"Don't think twice, it's all right"